There will likely be a substantial answer to the question, "What's new in affordable housing in Portola Valley?" after Wednesday night's meeting of the Town Council.
The council meets Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road and will hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance, proposed by the Planning Commission after months of deliberation, that could do the following:
• Increase to 1,700 square feet the maximum floor area of an accessory dwelling unit – a term of art for a cottage or second unit.
• Allow affordable dwelling units in all zoning districts, and allow external units – those that are detached or alter a house's outward appearance – on all parcels, though some restrictions would apply.
• Allow affordable dwelling units to have separate addresses as well as separate utilities.
• Allow Town Hall staff to review and approve plans for affordable dwelling units, bringing in the Architectural and Site Control Commission when applicable.
The proposed regulations would not include changes to adjusted maximum floor area and maximum impervious surface, setbacks and maximum heights, or landscaping, lighting and material requirements.